American Airlines retires entire Airbus A330 Fleet

American Airlines Airbus A330

American Airlines on Thursday announced that it has decided to permanently retire all 15 of its Airbus A330-200 aircraft. This comes on the heels of its previous announcement in which more than 150 aircraft would be retired early or placed into temporary storage. That batch had included the Airbus A330-300 among other aircraft.

The last of the Airbus widebodies inherited from US Airways were already in storage, but will now exit the fleet immediately. This move makes American Airlines’ long-haul fleet, all-Boeing.

As American Airlines continue its fleet simplification strategy, the remaining wide-body aircraft in its fleet comprises of only 777 and 787 aircraft as follows:

  • 47 Boeing 777-200s, averaging about 20 years old
  • 20 Boeing 777-300s, averaging about 6 years old
  • 23 Boeing 787-8s, averaging about 4 years old
  • 22 Boeing 787-9s, averaging about 3 years old

The airline, which is still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, suffered a third-quarter pretax loss of $3.1 billion. Revenue for the same period was recorded as of $3.2 billion, down 73% year-over-year.

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